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Kashburn

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I will be getting my first 5th wheel and as a Texas resident will need a non commercial class a. How do people usually transport from point of purchase to where they're calling home? I bought mine in Indiana and will need to get it to Texas. Thanks for the help

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Just to double-check, Kirk... the way I've been reading the Texas regulations, I won't need any kind of special driver's license: CGVWR: 23,995, TV: 10,000, fifth wheel: 13,995. Am I correct?

 

Rob

Wrong. If you have a Texas driver's license, you need a non commercial A license for towing a trailer over 10,000#. You would need a non commercial B license if you are driving anything over 26.001#. As long as we are not getting paid to drive the rigs, none of us needs a CDL (Commercial Driver License). The drving test has to be taken in the correct rig. One has to wonder how many owners have been incorrectly advised by salesman, or friends, and are driving without the correct license. Why even motorcycle riders have to have a special rating.

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Wrong. If you have a Texas driver's license, you need a non commercial A license for towing a trailer over 10,000#. You would need a non commercial B license if you are driving anything over 26.001#. As long as we are not getting paid to drive the rigs, none of us needs a CDL (Commercial Driver License). The drving test has to be taken in the correct rig. One has to wonder how many owners have been incorrectly advised by salesman, or friends, and are driving without the correct license. Why even motorcycle riders have to have a special rating.

 

Thanks, Dave. I'll expect to get a Class A and take the test when we get there.

 

Rob

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I will have a trailer with rated at 19,500 lbs pulled by a F450. I will need the non commercial class A unless I miss understood the regulation. I'm just trying to figure out how people get the trailer from the dealership to where it will be parked until the driving test can be taken.

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I will have a trailer with rated at 19,500 lbs pulled by a F450. I will need the non commercial class A unless I miss understood the regulation. I'm just trying to figure out how people get the trailer from the dealership to where it will be parked until the driving test can be taken.

They drive it over and take the test. Most often drive for a few weeks to practice before they go get their upgraded licenses. No one ever asks how they got it there.

 

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Wrong. If you have a Texas driver's license, you need a non commercial A license for towing a trailer over 10,000#. You would need a non commercial B license if you are driving anything over 26.001#. As long as we are not getting paid to drive the rigs, none of us needs a CDL (Commercial Driver License). The drving test has to be taken in the correct rig. One has to wonder how many owners have been incorrectly advised by salesman, or friends, and are driving without the correct license. Why even motorcycle riders have to have a special rating.

Dave, you are slightly mistaken. If, you have a truck and trailer that the CGVWR is 26K or more AND the trailer is 10K or more, then a Class A exempt is needed. The other example you mention for a Class B is for a SINGLE vehicle, i.e. Motor home, not a combination.

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They drive it over and take the test. Most often drive for a few weeks to practice before they go get their upgraded licenses. No one ever asks how they got it there.

 

Barb

 

That'll work for Texas, but to show how other states handle this differently, in Maryland the licensed person who drove the truck or drove with you to the license examination must present their license to the examiner before you can take the test.

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In Illinois you have to show that the guy who drove the rig to the test site has the proper license. Had to get a friend with a CDL to drive me in for my test.

 

As far as getting it home, I just took a chance and drove the truck from Kansas to Illinois without the proper license.

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In Illinois you have to show that the guy who drove the rig to the test site has the proper license. Had to get a friend with a CDL to drive me in for my test.

 

As far as getting it home, I just took a chance and drove the truck from Kansas to Illinois without the proper license.

Dennis, I am considering doing that. My only reservation is that 1,200 miles is a long way to chance.

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Dennis, I am considering doing that. My only reservation is that 1,200 miles is a long way to chance.

It's a risk assessment problem. What are the odds an out of state cop is going to be looking at your license? And how likely is it said cop is going to know what Texas requires? Only you can decide how that risk feels to you.

 

Linda Sand

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  • 6 months later...

Another question: Ever consider taking on an "apprentice" ?

You are posting on threads that are more than 6 months old since last comment so you would probably get more response if you were to start a new thread.

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